Acer and LG Show Off Their New Devices at CES 2021

Acer has announced three new gaming monitors that will be showcased at CES 2021 and will be available starting next May. In terms of specifications, the most prominent product is the Acer Nitro XV28. A 28-inch gaming monitor with a 4K resolution IPS panel and a 144Hz refresh rate with FreeSync Premium features.

The Nitro XV28 is also the first gaming monitor from Acer to be equipped with an HDMI 2.1 port. This new standard High Definition Multimedia Interface connector offers game content support up to 4K resolution at 120fps with a variable refresh rate (VRR) feature.

With these specifications, the Acer Nitro XV28 will not only attract PC gamers. But it is also ready to pamper PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X console owners. This is in line with the work from home or work from home policy which adds to everyone’s productive hours and the urge to play games is one of the most popular pastimes.

For complete connectivity, this gaming monitor includes two HDMI ports for the latest version 2.1, one DisplayPort, one USB Type-C port capable of charging 65W PD, four USB Type-A 3.0 ports, and a USB Type-B port. Acer sells the Nitro XV28 for US $ 899.

Next up is the Acer Predator XB27, this 27-inch gaming monitor uses a QHD resolution IPS panel with HDR400 capability. This means that the monitor’s screen is compatible with the lowest level of HDR with a maximum brightness level of 400 nits which is actually less bright.

The panel used by the Acer Predator XB27 has a native refresh rate of 240Hz and supports up to 275Hz with overclocking, and has a response time of only 0.5ms. Also included is the Nvidia G-Sync module with the Nvidia Reflex Latency Analyzer feature to help gamers accurately measure and optimize the latency of their gaming mouse, display, and PC.

Its connectivity features include two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, three USB Type-A 3.0 ports, one USB Type-A 2.0 port, and a USB Type-B port. The Acer Predator XB27 will sell for US $ 1,099.

Finally, the Acer Predator XB32 is priced at US $ 1,199. This 4K gaming monitor with a 31.5-inch IPS panel is compatible with G-Sync, has a native refresh rate of 144Hz, and supports HDR400. Connectivity includes two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, one USB Type-C port with 65W PD charging, four USB Type-A 3.0 ports, and a USB Type-B port for powering.

Special Bend TV From LG

From year to year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event has always been a demonstration stage for the latest display technology from manufacturers such as Samsung, LG and Sony. This year has not escaped this trend, despite the fact that CES 2021 must be held online.

Through a press release, LG announced that they will soon be showing off a special TV prototype which they dubbed the Bendable Cinematic Sound OLED (CSO). The key lies in the word “bendable”, which indicates that this TV’s screen can be bent and can return to its original shape.

Why do you need to bend the TV screen, and why should we cover this in Hybrid? The idea is, in a flat position, this 48-inch TV can be used to comfortably watch various shows. Then when the user wants to play a game, the screen can be curved so that the experience is more immersive.

This device is basically the answer to consumers who complain that a curved screen is better suited for gaming than watching. One device for two purposes, that’s the main premise. Unfortunately, until now the mechanism to bend and straighten the screen is still a mystery, whether to use a button or how.

Technically, this TV screen has a maximum curvature of 1000R, equivalent to that offered by Samsung’s flagship gaming monitor, Odyssey G9. The choice of the nominal curvature is not accidental, because 1000R is said to be the one whose curvature is closest to the contour of the human eye.

LG didn’t mention the resolution, but I would guess 4K if you see its size which is quite large. Completing the specifications is a response time of 0.1 milliseconds and a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz, which is sufficient for leisure gaming.

But the bendable screen isn’t the only surprise of this device. LG also equipped it with an innovative audio system, where the screen will vibrate to produce sound. This technology is nothing new, but LG has perfected it so that the components required are much thinner than the previous version, which is crucial to prevent the TV’s over-thick chassis.

For viewing purposes, this kind of audio system may be sufficient, although most likely the sound quality is far below the soundbar. For gaming purposes, it seems like gamers will prefer to use a headset. Apart from that, at least this TV can be used right away from the box.

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